Next posts Viewing 1-5 of 19 result(s).

Cancer Center South, three months later

Written by Community Health Network on 7/25/2014 6:00:00 AM


Since the opening of Community Cancer Center South in April, the radiation oncology staff has been providing treatment to patients using state-of-the-art equipment. 

The TrueBeam™, a radiation therapy machine, brings something different to cancer treatment plans for Community cancer patients. Using TrueBeam's advanced imaging features, doctors can "see" the tumor and personalize treatments to a particular cancer - and treatments take minutes, not hours.

"The TrueBeam delivers an advanced form of radiation with pin point accuracy to a patient's tumor either in or on the surface of their body," explained Dr. Darrel Ross, radiation oncologist at Community Physician Network. 

Not to mention, the machine itself makes treatment more comfortable for patients of all sizes and cancer types. continue reading ...


Paralympic athlete thrives after sarcoma

Written by Community Health Network on 7/8/2014 6:00:00 AM

J Dee Marinko, cancer survivorBrazil may be hosting the World Cup now, but it will also host the Paralympic Games in 2016. And sarcoma survivor, J. Dee Marinko, a member of the U.S. Sitting Volleyball team plans to be there.

Marinko lost his foot to sarcoma, a rare cancer, in 2009. 

At 28 years old, Marinko was working as an Air Force supply tech in Oklahoma when went to the doctor complaining of foot pain. An MRI image revealed a cystic growth in his foot. continue reading ...


Prostate cancer answers start here

Written by Community Health Network on 6/28/2014 6:00:00 AM

Dr. Jianan Graybill is a radiation oncologist and MD Anderson Cancer Network® certified physician.

There are only a few cancer centers in the country that offer high dose rate brachytherapy. Community Cancer Care is one of them.

Commonly called HDR brachytherapy, this cancer treatment is a form of temporary seed implant used to treat prostate cancer. It is the ultimate conformal therapy.

“HDR Brachytherapy has the ability to shape the radiation dose to fit the (prostate) tumor and avoid normal tissue,” said Graybill.

HDR brachytherapy can be used alone or in combination with other treatment modalities, such as external beam radiation. Guidelines from American Brachytherapy Society recommend that HDR brachytherapy be considered as a way to escalate the dose of radiation in men receiving radiation therapy as their primary therapy for prostate cancer. continue reading ...


Cervical cancer breakthrough

Written by Community Health Network on 6/13/2014 11:30:00 AM

Two women with cervical cancer who went through immunotherapy are now in remission.

For Arrica Wallace, age 37, of Manhattan, Kansas, her diagnosis with stage III cervical cancer in 2011 was a shock. She had gone for regular Pap smears and all her tests had been normal. Cervical cancer is typically caused by the HPV virus and transforms normal cells into fast growing tumor cells - often caught in a Pap smear.

The mother of two shared her story with NBC News, “In all, I had 32 rounds of chemo, I had 25 days of radiation and I also had brachytherapy, internal radiation treatment before the trial treatment,” Wallace said. “My doctors … were pretty aggressive because I was young and healthy enough to handle the treatment side-effects.”

Yet after all that, the cancer prognosis was not good.

Christian Hinrichs, MD, National Cancer Institute recruited Arrica Wallace to be part of a small cancer immunotherapy trial. Through a new approach, Henrichs and his colleagues find T-cells and amplifies the body’s own immune response to cancer. T-cells are important because if we have enough of them our body can control the cancer. Immunotherapy enlarges the impact of T-cells and in this trial helped a third of the patients and two patients, Arrica being one, experienced remission.

National Cancer Institute team says the results are really startling.

Dr. Hinrich added that, “It’s possible this approach may work against other cancers caused by HPV, including head and neck cancer. NIH researchers are recruiting patients now for relevant trials.

Read the full story >>

Source: Presented by Dr. Hinrichs at ASCO May 3,1 2014 and covered by NBC News 


Stacy's story: Part I

Written by Community Health Network on 6/10/2014 7:00:00 AM

“Is there anything I can do to help you? Maybe take the kids out for a few hours?” Those are the types of things that can really help. What you don’t want to say to a (breast) cancer patient is “How are you feeling today?”

When Stacy Costa was 18 and her aunt, age 31, was diagnosed with breast cancer, she remembers thinking to herself that she was going to get cancer too.

“It was just a feeling because four people on my mom’s side had cancer,” said Costa.

Knowing her family history, Costa stayed conscious of her breast health and very self-aware of what felt normal and what did not. Part of that included performing routine self-exams. It was one of those routine self-exams that told her a lump in her breast was different and it shouldn’t hurt to touch. She acted quickly and called her family doctor.

It started with an ultrasound and moved onto the radiology department where she had a mammogram screening and was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Upon receiving the diagnosis Costa reached out to her mother, a former nurse and pharmaceutical representative, who put her in touch with Community Breast Care Center.

“I made the call to Community and got in quickly,” said Costa. “I asked my mom to come with me, not so much because she was my mom, but because she could translate all the medical-speak. But Dr. Goulet (breast surgeon) spoke to me so plainly that I didn’t need to worry. He was so good at giving me all the information and letting me take time to make decisions.”

Costa said she wasn’t surprised by her diagnosis and that she would need surgery and chemotherapy. But she did wonder if the family history was a factor, so Dr. Goulet did a gene test. continue reading ...


Next posts Viewing 1-5 of 19 result(s).

Appointments available!

To make an appointment with an MD Anderson Cancer Network® certified physician at Community, call 800-777-7775 today!



Meet our nurse navigators

When it comes to your fight against cancer, they've got your back. Our nurse navigators act as a guide, resource, advocate and educator for newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families. Learn more here.


Categories


Tags